An elegant neoclassical tarot deck of the Lombardy pattern.
Ferdinando Gumppemberg. Milan, Italy, 1810.
Fortitude. This is one of the cardinal virtues, of which I shall speak later. The female figure is usually represented as closing the mouth of a lion. In the earlier form which is printed by Court de Gebelin, she is obviously opening it. The first alternative is better symbolically, but either is an instance of strength in its conventional understanding, and conveys the idea of mastery. It has been said that the figure represents organic force, moral force and the principle of all force.
Equilibrium, Balance, Justice
Bigotry, Want of Balance, Abuse of Justice, Over-severity, Inequality, Bias.